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Happy Feet & Fitness

Do your persistent foot problems have you feeling like getting physically fit is an unattainable goal? First and foremost, make sure you’ve had a recent checkup with Dr. Scott Mckinney before getting started. Secondly, be sure to have properly fitting shoes for physical activity! There are plenty of ways to get active this spring and summer season without putting so much pressure on your feet or ankles. These activities are considered easy on the feet and are sometimes referred to as “low impact” exercises. The options are nearly endless, but here are just a few fitness examples to inspire you to get moving!

  • Weight Lifting – Lifting a set of weights requires very little effort on your feet! Most often, lifting can be done in a sitting position as well to reduce fatigue.
  • Cycling or Biking – Depending on the intensity, biking and cycling work your whole body while putting minimal pressure on your feet due to your weight being evenly distributed.
  • Rowing or Kayaking – When rowing, you rely on your upper body and arms entirely. Your feet and ankles get to relax as you push your upper body using your knees!
  • Hiking or Climbing – The great thing about hiking and climbing is that you get to choose the difficulty by researching your chosen trail ahead of time. A short hike with a steep incline will reduce foot fatigue but do wonders for your cardio needs!
  • Yoga or Pilates – These two activities are relaxing, renewing, and wonderful for improving your stability and circulation. Best of all, it’s easy on your feet!
  • Swimming – Thanks to physics, swimming is the lowest possible impact sport you could imagine. Not only is it low impact on your feet, it’s virtually no impact on your entire body!
  • Walking – The great thing about being bipedal is that it encompasses many different activities in one: hiking, using an elliptical or stair master, golfing, or simply taking a walk in the park.

There you have it – your starter list of physical activities and sports that are low impact exercises and easy on the feet. It can’t be said enough how important it is to check in with your podiatrist before committing to a fitness regimen. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Get a head start on your spring and summer fitness today by calling us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment.

3 Ankle Hacks for Spring Time

This past winter sure was a rough one, but it’s time to put it past us and spring forward! The bears aren’t the only creatures coming out of hibernation at this time of year. Springtime fills the heart with inspiration to get moving, but if you’re like most people, you might have been pretty sedentary during the winter season.

When we get up and moving again, it’s important to keep our ankles in mind. As the snow melts and transforms dirt into mud, our risk of slipping or falling can increase. No part of our body despises slipping and falling like our ankles do! Each time we injure our ankles it becomes that much more difficult to heal — it can sometimes even lead to chronic ankle sprains. This spring, keep in mind these 3 hacks for your ankle health when considering your new pair of shoes:

Hack #1 – Stabilize Your Step!

When looking for a new pair of shoes, think “stabilization.” You can tell when shoes are better for stabilizing your step if they are advertised as especially supportive or are ankle-high. Footwear that covers part or all of your ankle keeps you stable when your ankle slips or slides into a weird position.

Hack #2 – Good Grip? No Slip!

Along with stabilization, consider the quality of your shoes’ grip as another great hack for your ankle health. You wouldn’t go hiking in flip flops, right? That’s a recipe for a sprained ankle! The better texture and grip your shoes have, the less likely you are to slip and fall. No matter your age or weight, getting a good grip on your footwear is the key to avoiding unnecessary injuries.

Hack #3 – Support Your Soles!

Last but not least – one of the most important hacks mentioned here is to consider the support of your soles. A big piece of the foot health puzzle is making sure the soles of your shoes are truly supportive for your feet. If they provide great support for your feet, they’re also providing support for your ankles by reducing fatigue in other areas of your feet that may contribute to fatigue-related weakness.

Looking for more ways to hack your foot and ankle health? Take the time to talk to Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A., to learn more. Visit us online or call us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment! Your feet and ankles will thank you.